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Some links for Thursday
   October 30, 2014 (12:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, you haven’t read it already, you need to check out Will’s interview with Patrick McLain.  Some interesting stories of his time at Chivas USA, including this one:

Unfortunately, the next coaching staff to come in midway through the 2013 season was very different. The coaching staff was unable to communicate in English and were not good about translating for those of us who didn’t speak Spanish. I was punished by this coaching staff towards the end of the season for not understanding something that was said to me in Spanish, because it was not translated for me, therefore I did not respond to it. I was called into the coach’s office and helplessly tried to plead my ignorance of my apparent disrespect. There was no interpreter present and my message was not received. As punishment, I was demoted from second on the depth chart to third.

Yay Chivas USA?

We have had a few goals over the last couple days.  Terrence Boyd scored his first goal since May in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (highlights).  And of course he broke out the cyclops.  Sacha Kljestan made his first start of the season and scored his first goal of the season in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk (highlights).  Bryan Gerzicich scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday in Maccabi Petah Tikva’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Haifa (highlights).

Aron Johannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s first team yesterday, playing in the 5-0 win over GVVV in the KNVB Beker.

John Brooks also got his first start since September in Hertha Berlin’s loss (on PKs) to Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal.

Danny Williams returned to the field this week in Reading U-21s’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Monday.

Michael Orozco and Puebla are headed to the Copa MX final after beating Lobos BUAP on Tuesday.

Alejandro Bedoya could be leaving Nantes come January according to his agent.

Bobby Wood has been demoted to 1860 Munich’s U-23 team.

This is what Michael Bradley looks like post-surgery (with the rare smile!).  And in the latest in Jurgen Klinsmann vs. the (US Soccer) world, Bradley and Klinsi don’t see eye to eye on where he should be playing.

It is that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints and first up is Sean Johnson to Hull City.

Here is a lengthy read on DeAndre Yedlin.

Phil Saunders has re-signed with BI / Bolungarvik in Iceland.

According to Reading’s website, Andrija Novakovich has been called up by the US U-20 team, who will play Russia, Ireland and Canada in Spain this month.

Greg Seltzer gives us some European-based names for the US U-23 team for the 2016 Olympics.

And finally, here is your 2018 World Cup logo.  It is actually not that bad.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Patrick McLain, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Johnson, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Anderlecht vs. Kortrijk Highlights
   October 29, 2014 (9:34 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan went the full 90 minutes and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk on Wednesday.  Here are some highlights with Kljestan’s goal coming at the 2:31 mark.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Tuesday morning linkage
   September 30, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of news goodies came out in the last 24 hours.  So let’s dive into the links.

The USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely come out this weekend/next Monday if I were a betting man, but ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is reporting that Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra will receive a call-up.  If true, Ibarra will become the first US player from a US second-tier league since Clyde Simms in 2005.  As for Ibarra, he is a 24-year-old midfielder who has scored eight goals in 21 league games for Minnesota this season.  Here are some highlights of Ibarra.

Speaking of rosters, here is Ecuador’s roster for the friendly.

The other big news of the weekend is that John Brooks has been demoted to Hertha Berlin’s U-23 team.  There has been some confusion over the translation as some people think the articles have said that he will be cut or waived, but he is not in good standing with Hertha manager Jos Luhukay.  But he has at least been demoted for now.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar have a new manager in John van den Brom.  His last coaching stint was at Anderlecht with Sacha Kljestan the last couple of seasons.  It always seems like American players in Europe end up playing for a coach who just recently managed another US player.

FIFA has added 2016 Copa America to the international calendar, which means we should expect to see the best players at the tournament as clubs will have to release players for the tournament.

The US U-23 team is headed to Brazil to take on the Brazilian U-23 team during October’s international break.  No roster has been announced yet, but this will be the second camp for the U-23 team in the last three months after beating Bahamas 5-1 back in August.

DeAndre Yedlin was on ExtraTime Radio last week and said he is working on getting his Latvian passport.  If he can get it soon, he could join Tottenham in January otherwise he will have to go through the UK work permit process and likely won’t be able to join the club until next summer.

Tim Howard was named to ESPN’s Premier League Team of the Weekend after coming up with some big saves in the Merseyside derby.

Also this past weekend, we had goals from Edgar Castillo and Marc Heider (and our goal tracker has the other non-highlights goals).  We also had assists from Mix Diskerud and Michael Stephens, while Timothy Chandler basically had an assist.

At the youth level, Kyle Scott had another assist for Chelsea’s U-18 team.  And Luca de la Torre is getting some playing time with Fulham’s U-18 team.

If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves for Manchester United, who will be his heir apparent at Real Madrid?  ESPN asks this question then threw some names out there of some young players, including Julian Green.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes to manage Stuart Holden again in the future.  Holden is out of contract, but he is being allowed to rehab at his own pace (and hopefully correctly) then they will see where he stands with the club once he is ready to go again.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Luca de la Torre, Marc Heider, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Anderlecht vs. Galatasaray Highlights
   September 17, 2014 (5:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Anderlecht’s 1-1 draw to Galatasaray in Champions League action on Tuesday.  It looked like Anderlecht were going to snag three points in Istanbul, but Kljestan was beaten inside the penalty area which led to Galatasaray’s game-tying goal in the 91st minute.  Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Tuesday’s linkapalooza
   September 2, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots of action this past weekend.

Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe.  Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups.  Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.

As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights).  Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.

Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights).  Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights).  Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights).  And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details.  Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend.  Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights).  Here is also a photo of Wood from that game.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights).  That second one was pretty slick.

The USMNT did some training yesterday at the headquarters of the Czech Football Association.   In case you missed the young roster, John D. Halloran broke things down on Friday.  Terrence Boyd is also there in attendance despite his knee injury and Geoff Cameron has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to his injury.  I forgot to post this last week, but here is Jurgen Klinsmann’s usual post-roster release quote sheet.  Also from last Friday, US Soccer announced an October 14 friendly against Honduras.

The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team.  Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others.  Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.

We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.

As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan.  And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.

As for some other moves, Duane Holmes is now with League Two side Bury on a loan until January.  Seb Hines is now with Coventry City until January on a short-term loan.  Gboly Ariyibi signed with English League One side Chesterfield.  And US U-20 midfielder Kris Scott has made the move from Swansea City’s youth teams to Leicester City’s youth teams.

The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen.  Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton.  Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well.  And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).

And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.

Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza.  Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.

And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Anthony Avalos, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, Drew Jeskey, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce, Freddy Adu, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Matt Eliason, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Seb Hines, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Some links and such for Tuesday
   August 26, 2014 (12:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get to it.

It is starting to become my super busy time of the year at work so I didn’t have time to do The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff has you covered with some of the bigger name guys in Europe.

We did have some pretty nice goals this weekend between Conor O’Brien and Cesar Romero.  Shawn Barry also scored in Austria as did Ariel Lassiter in Sweden.  Brad Guzan became the first Aston Villa goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in each of the team’s first two games of a season since David James in 1999-00 with two saves against Newcastle United.  And Bob Bradley and Co took down the Norwegian defending champions Strømsgodset.

At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw.  Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1.  Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark.  And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.

US Soccer’s website put up a Q&A with Tim Howard after he announced his year-long break from the USMNT.  Tim Howard will publish a memoir in December.  And according to our poll from last week, most people think Bill Hamid is the current #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT with Howard sitting out the year.

According to this report out of Germany, Bobby Wood will be called into the USMNT friendly against the Czech Republic.

Jermaine Jones is now in New England.  Here is a photo of him hanging out it with Robert Kraft.

NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright is hearing that Geoff Cameron is getting interest from Lazio and a pretty blah list of Premier League clubs.

Various teams across Europe are interested in a loan deal for Brek Shea according to this report.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ryan Bacic wrote some words on Joe Gyau and his family.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for FC Utrecht this past weekend, but here is a video interview about his debut from two weeks ago (including some highlights from the game).

Here is another story on Quentin Westberg and Luzenac’s current battle in France.

And finally, ESPN’s Doug McIntyre broke out his latest USMNT hot list.

 
Categories: Ariel Lassiter, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Marc Pelosi, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Barry, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   August 12, 2014 (1:29 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with some USMNT news.

The FA of Ireland officially announced the rumored November 18 friendly yesterday.  Still no official word from US Soccer.

Some details of the 2015 Gold Cup came out over the weekend.  It will feature 12 teams in 10 different US cities between July 7-26.  The 10 cities will be selected in “4Q 2014″.  And a third place match has been added this year.

Speaking of the Gold Cup, new contributor John D. Halloran took a look at some possibilities of the 2015 US roster last Friday.

We had a few guys in action on Monday.  Pablo Punyed scored a game-winning goal from a free kick in the 90th minute to give Stjarnan the 2-1 victory in Iceland (highlights).  And Zak Whitbread was able to get through a game without an injury and he assisted on a goal in Derby County’s 2-0 win in League Cup action (highlights).

I already made a post highlighting Emerson Hyndman’s pro debut from the weekend, but Fulham’s website has put up the whole game for your viewing pleasure.  And Hyndman spoke to Fulham’s website about the game against Ipswich Town.

I finally had some time this weekend so I was able to write up The OT Report.  So check that out to see how some of your favorite players did this past weekend across Europe.  Even though the big leagues haven’t started yet, there were a ton of guys in action over the weekend.

One player who saw the field this weekend in a reserve game was Freddy Adu.  He started for FK Jagodina’s reserve team in a 1-0 loss in Serbia.  And here is photographic proof that he still exists.

Michael Orozco scored a goal this weekend.  But it was for the other team (highlights).

Junior Flores played this weekend for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 4-0 win over Wuppertaler SV.  I saw some online chatter that he assisted on three goals.  I have no clue if that is true or not, but here are some highlights from the game, which has two of the goals.  One came from a free kick and I can’t tell if he assisted on the other or not.

Here is a photo of Alejandro Bedoya from Nantes’ 1-0 win over Lens.  And I think this is a photo of Bedoya leading the team in the “I Believe” chant, which I have seen him do before for Nantes after wins.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa took on Parma over the weekend in a friendly and here is an action shot of Guzan making a save.

Some Norwegian press didn’t like Bob Bradley’s tactics, but Bob didn’t take kindly to the criticism.  Go get ‘em, Bob.

Nothing new to report on DeAndre Yedlin over the last two days, but here is the latest that we know as of Saturday from Sigi Schmid.

Jozy Altidore saw the field over the weekend in Sunderland’s 2-0 win over Udinese in a friendly, his first game action since the Ghana game.

Here are some very long highlights from Hannover 96’s testimonial match for Steve Cherundolo.

Jermaine Jones is still without a home and it looks like the New England Revolution are interested in working out a deal.  And while Sacha Kljestan didn’t end up in Los Angeles, it looks like FC Dallas were trying to get the midfielder to Frisco as well.

Yanks Abroad has two new interviews up on their site, one with Bobby Wood and another with Jonathan Spector.

Terrence Boyd is not back yet from his knee injury, but RB Leipzig’s away shirts for this season are on fire.  I like them a lot.

And there was some other major transfer news this weekend.  The beloved Men in Blazers are moving from ESPN to NBC and will be getting a weekly Monday night show on NBC Sports.  Kung Fu Fighting.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Freddy Adu, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Pablo Punyed, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Still catching on things links
   August 8, 2014 (1:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.

One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday.  He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits.  The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years.  He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals).  Never forget.

As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau.  There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.

Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals.  The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.

When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy.  Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht.  Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.

Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness.  While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.

In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.

It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season.  Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.

USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.

Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.

Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.

Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.

Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.

Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.

Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.

The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately.  The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights).  And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).

In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.

Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.

Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Reynolds, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Links for Thursday
   July 31, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few link from the last couple days.

According to a report out of San Antonio, the USMNT will play Colombia in San Antonio in September.

I did a few numbers on players in the English League Championship, so go check that out.

Joe Corona scored his first goal for Tijuana since February of 2013 on Tuesday night.  Check it out here.

Sources are telling Ives that Sacha Kljestan might be headed on loan to the LA Galaxy.  The loan would last through the 2014 MLS season then the Galaxy would hopefully find a way to pay him DP money after that.  Some people are wondering if MLS might create a fourth DP slot.  But obviously this is all speculation at this point.

And it looks like Jermaine Jones is close to signing with the Chicago Fire.

While Matt Besler just got that DP money in Kansas City, Besler told Goal.com “never say never” about any potential move to Europe in the future.

Impressed by his play so far this summer, FC Utrecht signed Rubio Rubin to a four-year deal yesterday.

Andrew Jacobson was traded from FC Dallas to NYCFC earlier this week then was sent out on loan to Bob Bradley and Stabæk until they actually have a team.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that Conor O’Brien is set to transfer from OB in Denmark to Wiener Neustadt in Austria.  O’Brien has appeared in only 16 league games for Odense since joining the club last August.

Tim Howard signed a multi-year deal with NBC to work in the booth and in the studio for NBC during its Premier League coverage when it doesn’t conflict with his Everton games.

Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg helped lead Luzenac to a second place finish in the French National (third tier) last season, earning them promotion to Ligue 2, but now their spot in Ligue 2 is in jeopardy since the town/club is so small.

Clutch City Soccer has an interview up with Sebastien Ibeagha.

Emerson Hyndman will be sporting the squad-friendly #28 this season for Fulham.  I bet he will make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up a little video up on US U-20/Hoffenheim midfiedler Russell Canouse.

According to this report out of Germany, assistant coach Andy Herzog has extended his contract with the USMNT through 2018.

Meet a new potential dual-national for the US.  Hey, USSF, get on that.

Both John Brooks and Tim Ream have new away shirts for their respective clubs.

And finally, I am making my annual trip to Chicago to see family and friends (and having fun at Lollapalooza this weekend), so updates might be a little light for me, especially over the weekend.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Conor O'Brien, Emerson Hyndman, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Matt Besler, Panos Armenakas, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Links from the weekend
   July 28, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

More than few things from the weekend.

As I posted earlier this morning, Terrence Boyd picked up a knee injury over the weekend according to one German report.  Hopefully it is nothing serious.

We had a couple goals this weekend in both real games and friendlies.  Royal-Dominique Fennell probably had the goal of the weekend in Stuttgarter Kickers’ 3. Liga opener.  Jake Keegan scored a pretty easy goal in Galway FC’s win in Ireland.  Matt Horth scored his fourth goal of the year in Leiknir Reykjavík’s win in Iceland.  His four league goals are tied for the third most in the Icelandic 1. Deild (second tier) by a foreign player.  Yay for Icelandic second division stats!

As for some goals in friendlies, Shawn Parker scored a goal on Friday in Augsburg’s 2-1 win over French side Rennes.  Bobby Wood scored a goal in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win over Stoke City.  Brek Shea also played the entire second half for the Potters.  Here is a photo of Wood in action from the game.  And here is video of the entire first half, but of course Wood’s goal is in the second half (as well as all of Shea’s playing time).

Joe Gyau went the full 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund II’s 2-1 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in their 3. Liga opener.  In the small chance he gets to play with the senior team in a Champions League game, Dortmund have some pretty basic third/Champions League shirts for this season, which is not like Dortmund.

As for Junior Flores, he is starting the season with Dortmund’s U-19 team.  He played with the U-19 team in a 0-0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Ruhr-Cup (apparently Flores didn’t get the snapchat about not smiling).  There are some photos from that 0-0 draw right here.

Gedion Zelalem started and played 45 minutes for Arsenal this weekend in their 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.  I already posted last Friday that he is good at basketball.  Someone already put together a “every touch” video of his 45 minutes.  It was also the US press’ first chance to really talk to him about potentially playing for the US, but he didn’t really give up the goods.

“No decisions have been made,” Zelalem said of his national team future, later adding, “They’re both great countries. U.S. is on the rise, Germany is already a great country, so whichever country I choose will be a good choice.”

Zelalem confirmed to Goal USA that he has yet to secure a U.S. passport, but did tell media at Red Bull Arena that his application for one is in the works. He also confirmed that he has spoken to U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“We’ve talked on the phone a few times, but nothing advanced,” Zelalem said. “Just hello.”

Jeff Bradley also got to talk to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis about Zelalem.

Emerson Hyndman went 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-0 win over D.C. United.  It sounded like both teams brought pretty weak squads to Jacksonville with the highlights coming from their new jumbotron, a pool and Carrie Underwood.

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played seven minutes in Anderlecht’s season-opening 3-1 win against Mouscron-Péruwelz.

John Brooks is back with Hertha Berlin and training after his World Cup vacation.

We saw the post-injury photo of Rubio Rubin last week and now we know more information on what happened.  He ended up breaking his nose and having a concussion.  He had the nose re-set and he will return to training this week without any contact.

For those of you wanting a Fabian Johnson/Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, he will be wearing #19 this season.

One of the more likeable USMNT players of the last few years, Jay DeMerit, announced his retirement last week.  DeMerit played in 25 games for the USMNT between 2007-2011, including starts in all four games during the 2010 World Cup.  I will always remember him throwing his body in front of every shot during the US’s 2-0 win over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup and his somersault over the dog pile after Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.

As for a current player that I have done a complete 180 on over the last year and enjoy the heck out of . . . here is your weekly reminder that Jermaine Jones is oddly awesome.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Jake Keegan, Jay DeMerit, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Matt Horth, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd
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